Should I be worried about a crunching sound in my knee?

crunching sound in knee

It can be concerning to hear a crunching sound in your knee whenever you’re walking, running, jumping or squatting. Occasional popping in the knee and your other joints is nothing more than the movement of lubricating fluid in the joint. However, a persistent crunching sound in the knee can be concerning and even confusing because it might not hurt or have limited range of motion.

There are many reasons that you could have a crunching sound in the knee. If there is no pain, swelling or other symptoms along with the crunching, then you likely have what is known as crepitus.

What is crepitus?

By itself, crepitus is usually not much to worry about. It is usually related to the rubbing of the cartilage in your knees or the other soft tissue. It could also be the result of scar tissue from a previous injury or condition.

The crunching itself is not a concern, but it is possible for the cartilage to roughen as this goes on for years, which could lead to the development of arthritis.

When is a crunching sound in the knee serious?

If you’re experiencing crunching in the knee along with any of the following symptoms, you should visit a health care professional immediately for an examination and treatment:

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Stiffness.
  • Redness.
  • Difficulty walking, running, jumping or standing.
  • Crunching develops after a traumatic impact, such as a fall or an automobile accident.

Treatment for a crunching sound in the knee

Regardless of whether your crunching sound in the knee is related to a serious injury or condition or is simply related to crepitus, you should visit a physical therapist for treatment.

Physical therapists can work with you to strengthen the muscles around your knee to improve your structural support and flexibility. Stronger and more flexible muscles and soft tissue help take some load off the joint, which reduces the wear and tear on your cartilage. 

If you do have the symptoms of a more serious knee condition, physical therapy still helps. Physical therapists can diagnose your condition and guide you through a personalized treatment routine to help reduce the pain and improve the quality of your knee joint.

Visit Franklin Rehabilitation for knee pain treatment

Are you experiencing a constant crunching sound in the knee that is becoming a point of concern? Our team at Franklin Rehabilitation can help you address the issue. Contact our team today for more information about treating knee pain or knee crunching or to schedule an initial appointment